ovations-announcement-invite-headerNominees for the 2014 LA STAGE Alliance Ovation Awards were announced on the evening of Monday, September 22 at Native Voices at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles. The nominations were revealed by past Ovation Award recipients Gigi Bermingham, Brighid Fleming, Parmer Fuller, Jennifer Haley, Brian Kite, Glynn Turman, and John Zalewski, along with LA STAGE Alliance Chief Executive Officer Terence McFarland.

Theatre @ Boston Court received the most nominations (19), followed by the Geffen Playhouse and La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts with 17 each, Center Theatre Group and 3-D Theatricals with 13 each, and the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts (12). Theatre @ Boston Court garnered nine nominations for Stupid Fucking Bird (co-production with Circle X Theatre Company), seven for Everything You Touch (co-production with Rattlestick Playwrights Theater), R II (2), and Best Season. The Geffen Playhouse received nominations for The Country House (11), Play Dead (3), Slowgirl (2), and Wait Until Dark (1). La Mirada’s nominations are for Floyd Collins (9), Les Misérables (7), and Best Season. Center Theatre Group received seven nominations for Harmony and one each for A Word or Two and Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty all at the Ahmanson Theatre, The Steward of Christendom at the Mark Taper Forum (2), and St. Jude and The Black Suits, both at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, with one each. Nods to 3-D Theatricals are for The Producers (7), Funny Girl (2), Damn Yankees, Into the Woods, and Legally Blonde with one each, and Best Season.

The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts received nominations for Maurice Hines is Tappin’ Thru Life (8), Parfumerie (3), and Brief Encounter (1).

Ovation Honors, which recognize outstanding achievement in areas that are not among the standard list of nomination categories, have been awarded to Dave Robbins (Music Composition for a Play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Actors’ Gang), Ahmed Best (Fight Choreography, Backyard at Echo Theater Company), and Michelle Zamora (Puppet Design, Roald Dahl’s The Magic Finger, MainStreet Theatre Company).

For the 2013-2014 voting season, there are a grand total of 195 nominations for 78 productions, presented by 49 companies. There were 318 total productions registered from 137 companies. Of those productions registered, 78 were Ovation Recommended, identified during their runs as scoring in the top quarter of all productions in the Overall Production categories. The complete list of nominees is below.

Said CEO Terence McFarland, “We’re always excited to see the breadth and diversity of the Ovation Awards nominee list. This year’s crop is reflective of the tremendous work happening on stages throughout the region. We’re thrilled to shine a light on some stalwarts of the community and bring broader attention to those burgeoning artists at the beginning of their careers. I look forward to celebrating all achievements in excellence in Los Angeles theatre on November 2.”


Full Nominees List

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BEST SEASON
BEST PRODUCTION OF A PLAY (Intimate Theatre)
BEST PRODUCTION OF A PLAY (Large Theatre)
BEST PRODUCTION OF A MUSICAL (Intimate Theatre)
BEST PRODUCTION OF A MUSICAL (Large Theatre)

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BEST PRESENTED PRODUCTION
ACTING ENSEMBLE FOR A PLAY
ACTING ENSEMBLE OF A MUSICAL
CHOREOGRAPHY
MUSIC DIRECTION

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BOOK FOR AN ORIGINAL MUSICAL
LYRICS/MUSIC FOR AN ORIGINAL MUSICAL
PLAYWRITING FOR AN ORIGINAL PLAY
DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL
DIRECTOR OF A PLAY

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LEAD ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
LEAD ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
LEAD ACTOR IN A PLAY
LEAD ACTRESS IN A PLAY

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FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY
FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY
LIGHTING DESIGN (Intimate Theatre)

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LIGHTING DESIGN (Large Theatre)
SCENIC DESIGN (Intimate Theatre)
SCENIC DESIGN (Large Theatre)
SOUND DESIGN (Intimate Theatre)
SOUND DESIGN (Large Theatre)

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COSTUME DESIGN (Intimate Theatre)
COSTUME DESIGN (Large Theatre)
VIDEO/PROJECTION DESIGN
OVATIONS HONORS
Composition for a Play
Fight Choreography
Puppet Design

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